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The Status Of EU Law During The Transition Period And Beyond – Law Pod UK 104

11 March 2020 by

The complexity of EU law, and its status during the Brexit transition period and beyond continues to puzzle many if not most of those tasked with understanding it. 

The Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) recently held a panel event tackling this very topic. The panel included Lord Anderson of Ipswich, perhaps better known as David Anderson QC, Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union law at Cambridge University   (who will be familiar to listeners from our Brexit series), and Alison Pickup, Legal Director at the Public Law Project. 

We are enormously grateful to the Committee and Chair of ALBA, as well as the speakers, for allowing us to reproduce their contributions on the podcast, as Episode 104. This talk is occasionally quite technical, and for this reason we have provided the powerpoint slides provided by each speaker (see the following attachments), which we hope will make it easier to follow along.

ALBA is the professional association for barristers in England and Wales practising in public law. Its members also include solicitors, academics and judges with an interest in public law. Details on joining ALBA can be found here, and their upcoming events here.

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Latest Law Pod UK: BBC Pay Discrimination with Shaheen Rahman QC

3 February 2020 by

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In the latest episode on Law Pod UK, Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Shaheen Rahman QC about Samira Ahmed’s decisive Employment Tribunal victory, handed down on 10 January 2020.

The decision can be found here.

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Law Pod UK Summer Listening

1 August 2019 by

To celebrate reaching 200,000 listens, and in the event that any of our listeners wish to keep their grey matter ticking over during the heatwave/whilst sipping poolside pina coladas, we have prepared a Summer “Greatest Hits” playlist of our most popular episodes of 2019 so far. We hope you enjoy it, and wish all of our listeners a relaxing summer break.

1.     Lord Sumption’s Reith Lectures and Responses (Episode 88, Episode 89)

A veritable powerhouse panel respond to Lord Sumption’s 2019 Reith lectures, as part of the Constitutional and Administrative Bar Association’s summer conference featuring Lord Dyson, Sir Stephen Laws, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Professor Meg Russell, Lord Falconer and Chaired by Mrs Justice Thornton. This episode is followed by a conversation between Lord Sumption and Lord Justice Singh, responding to the panel. Enjoy! 

2.     Consent and Causation with Robert Kellar QC (Episode 70)

Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Robert Kellar about consent and causation, discussing the development of the law since Chester v Afshar through to Khan v MNX.


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Are there principles that trump democracy? The Reith Lectures, 2019: Lord Sumption’s Lecture and Responses

29 July 2019 by

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Are there principles that trump democracy? This was one of a number of profound philosophical and legal questions addressed by former UK Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption in his recent and controversial Reith Lectures, which addressed subjects such as law’s expanding empire, the challenges posed by human rights, and the advantage of an unwritten constitution. For a flavour of the resulting debate arising from these Reith Lectures, I highly recommend Helena Kennedy QC’s response in Prospect Magazine, available here.

The Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) recently hosted its annual summer law conference, and one of the many illustrious panels it hosted responded to these Reith Lectures.

We are enormously grateful to the Chair and Committee of ALBA, and to the participants, for enabling us to record these sessions, which are available on Law Pod UK  below.


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Law Pod UK Ep. 84: Widening access at the Bar

17 June 2019 by

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In Episode 84, Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Jo Moore, Head of Outreach at 1 Crown Office Row, and Laura Bruce, Head of Programmes and Partnerships at the Sutton Trust. They discuss improving equality and diversity at the Bar by improving access to the Bar for future generations. Listen here.

The podcast refers to Sutton Trust’s ‘Student Destinations Report 2006-2016’

More information and how to get involved:

1 Crown Office Row’s outreach commitment and events, here.

The Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law, and other programmes, are here

Inner Temple’s outreach work, details here

To speak to Jo about getting involved with outreach, email her at jo.moore@1cor.com. To speak to Laura about getting involved with the Sutton Trust email her at info@suttontrust.com.

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Law Pod UK Ep 80: HRLA discuss Northern Ireland, Human Rights and Brexit

28 May 2019 by

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The Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) recently hosted an event at UCL on the legal and human rights implications of Brexit on Northern Ireland, which we are delighted to be able to share with you on Law Pod UK. Listen to it on Audioboom here.

The panel was composed of Professor Christine Bell, Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Professor Ronan McCrea and chaired by UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Kerr.

For more details about joining the HRLA, visit the website or email administrator@hrla.org.uk

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Law Pod UK Episode 79: Causation in Inquests with Christopher Mellor

20 May 2019 by

In Episode 79 Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Christopher Mellor about causation in inquests, and the findings of the Divisional Court in R (Chidlow) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde [2019] EWHC 581 (Admin).

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This episode was recorded shortly before the Court of Appeal decision was handed down in R (Maughan) v HM S Coroner for Oxfordshire [2019] EWCA Civ 809, upholding the civil standard of proof in relation to findings of suicide in inquests.

Dominic Ruck Keene has previously written about Maughan at first instance here and the Court of Appeal decision here.

Jeremy Hyam QC previously covered Maughan on the podcast in Episode 58 here.

The podcast also refers to the following cases (links to WestLaw):

R (Lewis) v HM Coroner for the Mid and North Division of Shropshire [2009] EWCA Civ 1403;

R (Tainton) v R. (on the application of Tainton) v HM Senior Coroner for Preston and West Lancashire [2016] EWHC 1396 (Admin)

R (Khan) v R. (on the application of Khan) v HM Coroner for West Hertfordshire [2002] EWHC 302 (Admin)

R v Sellu [2016] EWCA Crim 1716 CA

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Law Pod Ep: 75: The Prevent Guidance in Universities

1 April 2019 by

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In Episode 75, Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Marina Wheeler QC about the recent Court of Appeal decision in Butt v Secretary of State for the Home Department and the operation of the Prevent Guidance generally. 

Listeners can listen to Marina’s August 2017 episode here and find her blog post ​here.

The podcast refers to the following cases: 

– Butt v SSHD [2019] EWCA Civ 256

– Butt v SSHD [2017] EWHC 1930 (Admin)

Oliver Sanders QC and Amelia Walker acted for the SSHD in the above case.

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Law Pod UK Latest

25 February 2019 by

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In Episode 70 Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Robert Kellar about consent and causation, discussing the development of the law since Chester v Afshar through to Khan v MNX. 

Listeners can find recent interviews on informed consent with James Badenoch QC here and John Whitting QC here.

The podcast refers to the following cases: 

–      Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11

–      Chester v Afshar [2004] UKHL 41

–      Meiklejohn v. St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2014] EWCA Civ 120

–       Shaw v. Kovac [2017] EWCA Civ 1028

–       Duce v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 1307

–      Khan v. MNX [2018] EWCA Civ 2609

–      Hughes-Holland v. BPE Solicitors and Another [2017] UKSC 21

–      South Australian Asset Management Corporation v. York Montague Limited (“SAAMCO”) [1997] 1 AC 19​


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Law Pod UK Latest: Ruth Bader Ginsberg

14 January 2019 by

At the age of 85, United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed an extraordinary legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. With the documentary ‘RBG’, and the movie ‘On the Basis of Sex’ starring Felicity Jones shortly to go on general release in cinemas, Emma-Louise Fenelon speaks to Mrs Justice Philippa Whipple about her exceptional life and career. Listen to Episode 61 of Law Pod UK.

RBG is Directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films. Details are available here: https://www.rbgmovie.co.uk.

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Latest Law Pod UK: the 5 Most Significant Inquest Cases Of 2018

17 December 2018 by

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2018 provided much food for thought for those practising in inquest law, with significant judgments on the burden on proof in suicide, on scope in relation to the Birmingham pub bombings, on causation in relation to medical negligence, on the relevance of non-causative findings to the record of inquest and on costs.   In the most recent episode of Law Pod UK I am joined by Jeremy Hyam QC, who provides a whistlestop tour of this year’s the most significant cases. 

Citations for cases mentioned on the podcast and links to related blog articles written by members of chambers are contained below, as is a brief analysis of R (Paul Worthington) v HM Senior Coroner for the County of Cumbria [2018] EWHC 3386 (Admin), a decision which was unfortunately handed down too late for consideration in the podcast episode. The episode is a available here.


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Maggots, sewage, bats, butterflies and Brexit

24 March 2017 by

Leigh Day and the Human Rights Lawyers Association  hosted a full house on Wednesday 22 March when Claire McGregor and David Hart QC from 1 Crown Office Row joined Sarah Sackman from Francis Taylor Building, Adrienne Copithorne from Richard Buxton LLP and Rebekah Read from Leigh Day to speak about how to become an environmental lawyer.

The audience heard how on her first day working in environmental law, Claire McGregor boarded a plane to the Ivory Coast to work on the Trafigura case involving 30,000 claimants suing oil multinational Trafigura for compensation following a toxic oil spill. The case went on to become the largest group litigation case in the UK.
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